My notes of Matt Chandler’s message at T4G 2014.
After coming out of the locker room in high school I had a friend say to me, “I need to tell you about Jesus, when do you want to do that.” In my home growing up I saw really messed up Christianity and so this friend named Jeff was the first real Christian I ever met. He brought me to church and I thought it was goofy the way youth group was, but I kept wanting to come back. I don’t know why I wanted to keep coming, but God was wooing me.
I am here because someone was unashamed.
One of my fears is that when we hear that there is growing hostility toward Christians in our culture, that we do not shrink back from being bold and unashamed.
Can you get your head around that there were no dollars to be made out of sinful gain? Can you imagine this? Imagine this riot that breaks out because of preaching the gospel. Have you heard of any recent church plants that were started and a riot breaks out because they closed down all the strip clubs and businesses of ill repute?
Then we see later on that the weather changes.
2 Timothy 1:8
His first bit of encouragement is that Timothy should step in to suffering and know that it is coming. Continue reading
The following are my notes of David Platt’s message at T4G 2014.
I feel so inadequate to preach a message on the wrath of God. I want to pray, but I have this sin sick desire to impress you all when I pray. I also know that many of us within seconds of praying we let our minds wonder. Do we realize that we are talking with God when pray and who he is?
“Prayer is a huge hole in the canvas of the reformed resurgence.” (John Piper)
We have seen a renewed interest in theology, ecclesiology, and missiology. All of these things are growing, but something is missing. It is prayer.
Back when they would gather for the Westminster assembly they would spend an hour praying and an hour preaching. Two hours preaching and two hours of praying. Yet we spend hours preaching in our church, but just a few minutes praying.
We are known for preaching and teaching, but not our praying and our fasting. Every movement of God has been marked by passionate panting before God. The missions movements, the puritans movements, and every revival of the church has been marked by prayer. Yet our movement of growing theology, ecclesiology, and missiology without prayer. Continue reading
The following are my notes from Al Mohler’s message at T4G 2014.
We need to be reminded of what brought T4G together. In 2006, we said:
“We are brothers in Christ to stand together for the gospel. We believe the gospel is misunderstood and compromised. We need to recover the gospel and stand together for it.”
We came together in 2006 to set forth a set of affirmations and denials. If you look at articles 9 & 10 you can see what we believe about evangelism. We have come together to be unashamed for the gospel.
The open door of the gospel is the only door for salvation in the gospel. Why is it necessary to say these things? It has been necessary in Acts and necessary now.
Reasons Why These Things Are Necessary
1. Shift to a cultural condition to post-Christianity.
The people with whom we are in contact in our community are post-Christian. It has taken one generation and exclusive claims are seen as naive. The Christian worldview is out of step in our society. It is bad theology and bad etiquette in our world. Continue reading
The following are my notes of Thabiti’s sermon at T4G 2014.
Unashamed is our theme. Stop for a moment and ask if we feel unashamed about our personal evangelism. Is that how we would describe ourselves? Many of us would, but many more would not.
I want to begin by confessing that I am not the greatest evangelist in the world, in this conference, in my church and if I were in a room by myself I would fear I still would not be the greatest evangelist in the room.
I have two evils in my life. First, I do not love the lost like I should. I do not care about them like I should. Second, I came to faith in my late 20s and have a doctrinally light approach to evangelism that our Christian world has taught me to preach.
I wince and shy away from the hard parts of evangelism. The hard parts like repentance. We act like repentance is a footnote to our evanglism. We at times will become ashamed. We downplay sin and hell.
If we get the motive and method and evangelism wrong we will find ourselves betraying the motive and method of heaven. If we see why heaven rejoices at the sinner’s repentance.
Repentance brings happiness to heaven. We see this in Luke 15 and that these three parables of Jesus all make this one point. Continue reading
The following are my notes of Mark Dever’s message at T4G 2014.
Things look bad right now. Evil presses in on every side and there is our own sin. There are issues in our churches. Biblical teaching is held up for mockery in the media. We are seen as silly. The speed of the changes are breathtaking. Christians are facing terrible persecution around the world. In Egypt, the worst persecution of Christians is being seen now then in the last 700 years.
So to be having a conference on evangelism, doesn’t this seem like a strange idea during these times? However, our struggle is not against flesh and blood. Satan likes to distract us and take away our hopes. Yet, God likes to take away our small hopes to put our bigger hope in him.
I want to begin this conference with encouraging you pastors in evangelism. Especially if many of you are coming to this conference thinking about it like going to the dentist where you pay someone to scold you about not flossing more.
I want us to turn to Isaiah 36-37 of the great public event in the lifetime of Isaiah. Do you know what I mean about the great public event? It would be like the civil war if you were living in the United States during that time. The civil war was the great public event.
Scene 1: The Assyrian Invasion
In 724 B.C. Assyria invaded the Northern Kingdom and destroyed them in 722 B.C. They deported the majority of society to other places and then brought Babylonians into the nation to take them over. Continue reading
I have recently been having several conversations with people about multi-site churches and it reminded me of a paper I wrote in seminary about this topic. I hope it is useful in getting us thinking about what is a church.
I grew up outside of Washington D.C and until recently my old neighborhood was the home of some serious tobacco farming. For several years of my childhood our house was literally surrounded by a tobacco farm. I remember walking home from school and seeing farmers tilling the soil, planting the seeds, and gathering the tobacco leaves. It was clear to me that my neighbors knew what they were doing. If I asked them anything about tobacco farming they could have told me more than I ever wanted to know. Imagine if one day while I was walking home I asked each of the different farmers what they were planting in the ground. What do you think are the chances that I would have got a different answer from each of them? Each farmer may have different farming methods, but they would never even slightly disagree about what they are planting, right?
Yet, I wonder if I could say the same thing about most pastors and church planters. If I went and asked a large group of pastors and church planters what they are planting, would I get different answers from each one of them? Now, I know that defining and identifying a church is much more complicated and subjective than defining and identifying a tobacco plant. However, I am concerned that many pastors and church planters today are redefining what is a church. All you need to do is begin listening to those pastors and planters who have been advocating the recent multi-site church planting model. If you listen closely to what they are saying about the church and then compare it to what the bible says about the church the differences will be clear.
What I hope communicate in this post is twofold:
1) Provide a biblical and historical definition of the church.
2) Compare that definition with a definition of a multi-site church by quoting the men who are advocating the practice. Continue reading